Real Vs Fake Crystals - Part 3

Part 3 of our Fake vs Real Crystal Blogs

We love informing you as customers about the journeys we go on and the knowledge we have learnt across the years of not only running The Psychic Tree but all our training before we embarked on starting up the business.

Here is part 3 of our blog which hopefullly you will enjoy as much as the previous blogs on the topic (links to the other ones at the end)


Certification on crystals actually doesn’t exist as there is no overarching governing body that controls the issuing of certificates. Therefore if you come across any sites or companies that claim to have certified crystals, this is most likely to be something that they have either created themselves or received from a supplier who has created.

Without any governing body to oversee and approve the semi precious stone industry, certification just does not exist. This is slightly different however, with precious stones (eg. diamonds) which are certified and regulators exist to examine and check authenticitiy of crystals, particularly in jewellery.

A Deeper Dive Into Fake Vs Real Crystals

There is always a lot of back and forth about fake and real crystals, ultimately crystals are either man made, dyed or coated, or made underneath the Earth's crust by nature herself.

Clear Quartz

Clear quartzOk, so this one is purely bad rumours with a splash of social media gossip thrown in for bad measure. So many people seem to think our Clear Quartz is 'fake'.  Almost 99% of these allegations come from Tiktok, and if you are savvy enough to spot it, will be posted by accounts that have their own crystal shops....... hmm trying to steal our customers maybe?

Anyway back to Clear Quartz, this is such an abundant crystal readily available  around the world. It actually would cost much more to make and thus fake's would ultimately be more expensive then those naturally mined.

We source all of our Clear Quartz from Brazil and we work closely with their government authorities. These guys work hard to help bring trade in to Brazil (that isn't illegal trade), to help stimulate the Brazilian economy and in turn reduce the amount of corruption that exists in various industries across Brazil. 

We have visited many of the Brazilian suppliers and seen first hand how the rocks (and they really are boulders at this point) come in to the factories to then be broken down (by hand, hammer and chissel), sorted by size, tumbled and then finally polished. 

Quartz from Brazil is graded on clarity and so the higher the grade, the clearer the crystal - these are the ones that we then get accused of as fakes when actually they are in reality the best quality and highest grade crystal

Aura Coatings

An Aura coating is a fine metallic coating which has been vapour deposited onto the crystal at a high temperature in a vacuum chamber by electrostatic charge. This gives it a shiny, rainbow-effect look, most commonly found as Rose Quartz Aura, Angel Aura, Rainbow Aura, Amethyst Aura, Citrine Aura and Titanium Aura. This is used to enhance the healing properties of the crystal and does not disqualify the healing properties of the crystal underneath the coating. 

These are some of my favourites!

Man Made

Some crystals are man made and this is most often because the natural version (created by the Earth) is incredibly rare or difficult to mine. This doesn't mean the crystal has any less healing power; ultimately a crystal that you love and put your energy into will give you energy back and the man made process mimics the process of the Earth (similar to lab-grown diamonds). Examples of man made crystals are: Blue Obsidian, Goldstone (Red & Blue) and Opalite. 

Man Made


Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine - it starts its' life as Amethyst and then the heating process turns part of the crystal yellow to create the Citrine element. This is why it has the name 'Ame' (from Amethyst) and 'trine' from (Citrine). Ametrine is often heated by man but naturally this process would take place by the heat of the Earth's core. 

Larimar & Turquoise

These crystals have been placed together because they have a very similar natural and 'fake' appearance. Natural Larimar and Turquoise has a blue background with small black or brown spots and small inclusions or impurities. Artificial Larimar and Turquoise has a bright blue colour which is consistent throughout without any flaws. 

Part 2 - Real vs Fake

Part 1 - How To Spot a Fake

1 comment

Penelope Rollinson

Thank you, that was really helpful and informative.

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